Good place with nice sunrise, the road and the railway wasn't too noisy, toilets + shield for cooking with water (boil before drink)
Becarful it's not a free camping but a campsite from the DOC so 8$/person 18 and more years, 4$ 4 to 17 years, free 0 to 4 years
No longer a free site, $8pp and you can pay via eftpos or credit at the info center in Arthur's pass. Lovely big field with beautiful views. Two long drops and a covered space for cooking/eating. Sandflies were okay as long as you stayed where it was windy.
TOO MANY SANDFLIES. Great effort by the council but sadly too many sandflies to even sit out and have a drink :( loved this campsite so was a real shame. Beautiful setting, great shelter for cooking and standard portaloo.
Paid campsite, 2 long drops nice and clean. River nearly dry but still plenty of sandflies. Lovely view and not too noisy even though close to the road.
No longer a free site. $8/pp.
Now a Paid campsite, 8$ pp. Clean toilet. Some sandflies, but if you stay at a windy spot they are no problem. No cellphonereach.
Quite place close to the river. Toilets are very basics. This campsite isn't free anymore so it's a bit pricey for the spot
Great spot, fantastic views of the river and the mountains, a little noise from the road and the odd train but nothing too much, loads of room, there were only 5 campers and some people tenting, great spot for family's to run a muck
A very good Campsite nearby the street. We had no trouble with sandflies. Shelter is great for cooking. Toilets simple but for a free campsite everything you need.
This is a nice little free camp spot!
Drive down away from the road and you'll find beautiful spots under the trees & next to the river. We hiked up over the hill and found a big patch of purple lupin next to the river.
Toilet is as basic as they come, don't forget to bring your own paper!
Yes, there are sandflies but they really are everywhere that whole area - Bushmans spray really helps!
The view across the river is beautiful but the sandflies are relentless which spoilt the site a little.
This is a nice spot just outside of Arthurs Pass. Quiet with pretty nice views (the stream). Sandflies were a bit of a nightmare at first but once we got to bed they let up.
We stayed overnight during a rainy period. The ground drains well and seemed to reduce the sand flies a little. Also, there were no keas during the rain... the National Parks guy said that they avoid flying in the rain.
Klondyke Corner is a rather big open space next to the main road. Only suitable for self-contained motorhome. There is only a toilet with no water supply. Some campers get water from the river nearby. Not too bad a place to spend a night if not for the flies. Hopefully it is because of the summer weather.
This campground (and the one across the road from it) are BEAUTIFUL!!! HOWEVER, be prepare to stay in your tent and not cook any hot meals if your only means of doing so is by being outside, SANDFLIES ARE UNBEARABLE!!! Literally swarms of them EVERYWHERE!! You can't stand in one spot for even a minute without getting swarmed and bitten...campervan is more recommended, views are gorgeous!!
Nice, free campground with toilet. Just next to the street, but good for one night. There's a cooking shelter and keas are often around.
We've spent 3 nights there, most of them pretty wet so we were grateful for the cooking shelter. Plenty of mice, some sandflies. A couple of cheeky Keas - actually our closest encounter in NZ with them! (they hide under the car and start stealing as soon as you step aside). Great value for a free site!
Nice stop for a night and it is free.
For free, but noisy, keas, lots of sandflies.
Will and Taylor
Stinky porta-potty. Beautiful alpine place to camp. It goes quite a ways back so you don't need to park right by the highway. Just a short drive out of the village. Many walks around. The train runs by on the other side of the campground which is cool to see. Simple. A great little gem.
Our first night in New Zealand, after arriving in Christchurch and picking up the campervan. This just felt so memorable, parking up in a simple field, fantastic views, real getaway from it all night. Would happily return. Glad we were fully self contained in campervan, as lots of midges, and very cold at night!
The best part about this location is that it was FREE. Right off the highway but close to Arthurs Pass Village. Port o Potty in use.
Very basic but free and good location! However the road was too close.
The views and location are breathtaking, however you need all your own services, so cannot give it a high mark. However it was peaceful.
No toilets but off the road and quiet place.